Hello Vancity: Genesis Fertility Centre – “Egg Freezing: Get Informed”

On Tuesday November 4, our clinic hosted an informal egg freezing information event for professional women at Coast Restaurant. The event was created for women to learn about the science behind egg freezing, information that may help them when they make their family planning decisions. In addition, the information session was a unique opportunity for people to discuss reproductive health outside a clinical setting and meet patients who have experienced fertility issues.

Yumi Ang of Hello Vancity was at the event and had a chance to speak with our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, as well as two patients who were willing to share their struggles with infertility. Here is Yumi’s take on how fertility planning affects professional women.

Genesis Fertility Centre at Egg Freezing Information Event

Genesis Fertility team. Photo Credit: Yumi Ang

Fertility Food Friday: Autumn Lentil Soup

Fertility boosting recipe by Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

During autumn and winter I recommend making a big pot of soup once per week so that there’s always some nutritious comfort food readily available. It’s also a great way to use up whatever veggies in your fridge need eating up. Soup recipes like this one are very flexible, so feel free to be creative with the veggies and herbs you include. Having said that, there are 2 ingredients in this recipe that I’d like to highlight. Lentils are higher in protein than any other bean or legume (except soy, which is NOT a fertility-friendly food) while also being easier to digest and less ‘gas-producing.’ According to the Harvard Nurses Health Study, the largest study ever done on diet and fertility, women with the highest intake of plant-based protein are much less likely to have infertility. This doesn’t mean you need to follow a vegetarian diet, just eat plant proteins often.  Lentils also contain significant amounts of iron, zinc, magnesium, folate and other B vitamins. Because they are packed with cholesterol-lowering fiber and the ability to stabilize blood-sugar levels, lentils are a fabulous source of slow-burning fuel. Not to mention that all of theses benefits come with very little fat and few calories!

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A Special Thank You

We would like to extend a great big thank you to all of those who were a part of our Egg Freezing: Get Informed! event last night. Your presence made this fun, relxed and informative evening a success. It was amazing to see so many women gathered to learn more about options for preserving their fertility by listening to Dr. Sonya Kashyap’s presentation and mingling with our medical team.

If you weren’t able to join us last night, we have plenty of resources online to help you make informed decisions about your fertility. Be sure to visit our website to find everything from fertility testing and treatment options to tips on how to optimize your chance of conception. Dr. Kashyap is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and has penned articles on why egg freezing deserves serious consideration and the use of egg donation in Canada.

We’re also happy to speak with you in person: please call us at 604.879.3032 or book a consultation online.

Thanks again to all of those we met last night and we look forward to meeting more of you in the future!

The Genesis Fertility Team

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